Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands
Vast Colonies of King Penguins, Breathtaking Scenery,
Historic sites, Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking,
24 Days | Departure: 11/06/16,
11/26/16, 01/25/17, 02/14/17
| From $23,100
| Ship types
Highlights: This voyage has
it all: the impossible beauty of Antarctic ice, over 100,000
king penguins in South Georgia and the Falkland's human
history and amazing albatross colonies.
$23,100 - $40,690
Rates are per person and based
on double or triple occupancy according to the cabin.
Child Rate: $500 off per child (under 18)
Charter Air (Santiago / Ushuaia): From $850
Single - shared accommodation available,
please contact us for details.
Ship - National Geographic Orion -
Luxury Expedition Ship
This voyage combines the comfortable
adventure cruises of Classic Antarctica with visits to the Falkland
Islands (Islas Malvinas) and spectacular South Georgia. Many
of the wildlife (penguins, whales, seabirds and seals) and scenic
highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland
Islands are included as well as the best of these two
wildlife-rich sub-Antarctic islands. These expeditions are designed
to include as much wildlife viewing as possible, but also include
visits to scientific bases and allow plenty of time to enjoy
the breathtaking scenery of icy waterways, glaciers, and icebergs.
Day 1-2: U.S. / Fly to Santiago, Chile / Overnight
Depart on an overnight flight to Santiago. Check in to your
fine centrally located hotel. The morning is at your leisure
to relax. Santiago is nearly surrounded by the Andes, which
form an inspiring backdrop to your afternoon guided overview
of this vibrant city. Explore the Plaza de Armas, the main
square, and nearby Presidential Palace, enjoying wonderful
views from the many hills that dot the city.
Day 3: Santiago / Ushuaia, Argentina / Embark
This morningâ€™s charter flight offers some
rare views of Patagonia en route to Ushuaia, the worldâ€™s
southernmost city. Take a catamaran cruise through
Patagoniaâ€™s scenic Beagle Channel before embarking your
Day 4: At Sea
There are many activities to keep you engaged while you're at
sea. Take advantage of the library of books available on your
ship, spend time at the bar chatting to other travelers or out
on deck, admiring the sea. Your Expedition Team will also conduct
a series of presentations to familiarize you with how to prepare
for Zodiac cruises and shore landings.
Spellbound, shocked and awe-inspired are common reactions to
arriving in Antarctica. The indescribable feeling of stepping
foot on this untouched, unique environment is something you'll
remember forever. Antarctica is a land of extremes; at one moment
you'll be overcome with a feeling of complete desolation and
silence, at the next moment you'll be inspired by nature as
a calving glacier crashes into the sea or a penguin unwittingly
provides comic relief as it waddles by.
Your camera will constantly be fixated on Adelie, chinstrap
and gentoo penguins, along with Weddell, fur, crabeater and
leopard seals. Minke and humpback whales are also commonly sighted
in the clear Antarctic waters.
When it comes time for an animal break, the Expedition Team
will take you on guided hikes to glaciers, research stations
and snowy mountains, to help you appreciate the landscape and
what it takes to live in such an extreme environment.
Days 11-12: At Sea
As you voyage,
head up to the Bridge to watch for icebergs and observe
expert navigation at work as your skilled Captain and
officers sail these historic waters. Thereâ€™ll also be time
to enjoy a massage in the wellness center, workout in the
gym, and browse in the library. Each day your naturalists
offer talks that add depth to your experience.
in this area is a must. All of your expedition leaders have
been to South Georgia numerous times and, if the weather is
in your favor, you may make a landing before breakfast or even
after dinner. You call at some of the many islands, bays, and
coves where you can see outstanding birdlife and elephant and
fur seals close at hand. The following is a list of places you
may visit on South Georgia.
Salisbury Plain - Two glaciers flank Salisbury
Plain on South Georgia's north coast. Here, more than 200,000
king penguins congregate and breed, and you are greeted by one
of the more remarkable sights and sounds on earth.
Stromness Bay - Site of Sir Ernest Shackleton
and his party's arrival after their harrowing crossing of the
island's glaciers on foot, Stromness offers views of cliffs
and a glacier from which the adventurer and his companions descended.
Grytviken - You go ashore and explore here,
discovering the old ruins of this once-active whaling station.
The cemetery holds a special fascination, as it is here that
Shackleton is buried on this island he loved. Walking along
the coast, you spy seabirds, penguins, and marine mammals.
Gold Harbour - At the foot of the Bertrab
Glacier, Gold Harbour is often referred to as the "jewel
in the island's crown." In addition to a large king penguin
colony, you are likely to see elephant and fur seals, Gentoo
penguins, giant petrels, and perhaps even some light-mantled
Elsehul Bay - This beautiful bay on the
north end is home to thousands of fur seals as well as macaroni
penguins, the most numerous of all penguin species. Listen for
the high-pitched trumpeting of the king penguins amid the magnificent
sounds of marine mammals that echo throughout this bay.
Days 18-19: At Sea
The next few days at sea can be as busy or as relaxing as you
desire. Go on deck to spot whales and sea birds flying overhead,
or attend lectures from our on-board specialists. Whatever you
choose, remember to take a moment to reflect on the amazing
creatures you've met so far.
You will spend these days in the Falkland Islands (Malvinas),
renowned for their amazing wildlife. Highlights include Flightless
Steamer Ducks, Magellanic and Gentoo Penguins and a colony of
the rare Black-crowned Night Herons. Peale's and Commerson's
dolphins are often seen along the coast. Nearby New Island boasts
fantastic Rockhopper Penguin rookeries, along with Black-browed
Albatrosses and Blue-eyed Shags. You will also explore Stanley,
the charming capital of the Falkland Islands. Don't
miss the chance to visit the small, but interesting museum.
Day 22: At Sea
As you sail back to Ushuaia, an albatross or two
may join the escort of seabirds that cross your bow.
Thereâ€™s time to share photos with the onboard
National Geographic photographer, catch up on the
book you havenâ€™t had a minute to read, and write
emails home, saying â€œdonâ€™t want this to end.â€
Day 23 â€“ 24: Ushuaia / Disembark / Santiago /
After breakfast, disembark in Ushuaia with some
time to explore before proceeding to the airport for
your charter flight to Santiago. Please confirm
departure and arrival cities with an Expedition
Specialist before booking your flights.
This itinerary is subject to change.
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Antarctica Ross Sea Region Cruise
team, a National Geographic Photographer and a Photo
Specialist, will enhance your voyage by working with you on
photo composition and exposure; helping you develop your own
unique vision; showing you how professionals edit and store
images while on the go; and sharing the stories behind some
of their greatest images. Whether expert or interested
beginner, you'll find added benefits such as walks ashore
and Zodiac cruises dedicated to photography, presentations
on the creative and technical aspects of photography, and
one-on-one mentoring and coaching in the field.
Cabin accommodations; all
meals and non-alcoholic beverages aboard the ship; some
meals on land; one hotel night in Santiago, Chile; all shore
excursions and sightseeing; transfers to and from group
flights; tips (except to ship's crew), taxes and service
charges; services of a ship physician and natural history
staff; expedition parkas.
International air transportation; round-trip
charter flights between between Santiago/Ushuaia (approx.
$850 per person, subject to change); passport and visa
expenses; immigration fees; travel insurance; gratuities are
left to the discretion of the passenger; items of a personal
nature such as alcoholic beverages, email and laundry;
optional extensions; fuel surcharge may apply.
South Georgia / Falkland Islands /
Antarctica - Sample Cruises - 2016 / 2017
South Georgia and the Falkland Islands
||Vast Colonies of King Penguins,
Breathtaking Scenery, Historic sites, optional kayaking
and South Georgia
destinations, anticipate penguins, whales, seabirds and
seals as well as scenic highlights
||$9,995 - $20,995
* Prices are based per person, the lowest
price is usually for triple occupancy in a basic cabin, the highest for double occupancy
in the best available suite.
Options may be at additional cost and are usually booked when the cruise is booked
- it may be too late once the cruise has started.